Give Yourself a Squeeze

Give Yourself a Squeeze

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School is back in session and souls of all ages are on the go. Staying hydrated and fueled is a must while shuttling between work, school and extra-curricular activities. Psssst…We’ll let you in on a little secret! Our Chia Squeeze will come to the rescue for that mid-morning snack or afternoon pick-me-up, wherever your day takes you. We’ve put together all the different ways to get’chia Squeeze on below and show how you can ‘Seeds the Day’ with the Magic of Chia®.

Give Yourself a Squeeze

Looking for some more Chia Squeeze information? Look no further than our Chia Squeeze Infographic:

1. No Need to Refrigerate!

Enjoy at room temperature! Skip the bruised banana and toss a Strawberry Banana Chia Squeeze in your gym bag instead. This non-perishable snack is an excellent source of fiber and protein to pack along with you on your next trip to the fitness studio.

2. Great for Any Diet!

No need to refrigerate! Squeeze more nutrients into your family’s diet. Our Chia Squeeze is gluten-free and vegan friendly, allowing everyone to benefit from the Magic of Chia®.

3. Take it On-the-go!

School is back in session and Mamma is on the go. Slip this energy boosting snack in a purse or clutch as each pouch is packed with 1200mg of Omega-3s to help Mamma refuel and power through the day.

4. Treat Yourself…

…with this delightful frozen treat! Pop a pouch in the freezer for a nutritious cool down or indulge in something extra special like a Berry Chia Yogurt Pop.

5. Get-Chia Greens

Add a little extra MAGIC to your little soul’s lunchbox with our Green Magic Chia Squeeze. Sneak in some power greens with this pouch that contains kale, spirulina, and chlorella making it an ideal after-school powerhouse snack to curb hunger in between meals.

6. Come Fly with Me

Pack light during your travels whether you’re headed for a vacation getaway or business trip. This 3.5 oz pouch is airport friendly. Throw it in your carry-on tote and breeze through security. Instead of the airline snack pack, get a burst of nutrients with Mamma Chia’s Organic Squeeze snack.

DIY Summer Essentials

DIY Summer Essentials

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We’re feeling hot, hot, hot this month as the summer days are coming to an end. Squeeze in some last minute rays and spice up your warm weather game with these DIY Summer Essentials. As pre and post sun necessities, this beach towel and aloe vera go hand-in-hand, especially when the majority of the day is spent outside basking in the sun.

DIY Beach Towel

DIY Summer Essentials

Let your creative soul shine through with this custom beach towel made with one common household item…bleach! Create witty summer sayings like “In need of Vitamin Sea”, “Salty but Sweet”, or “Seas the Day” on your favorite colored towel. You can also ditch the quote and create a bleach design like (splatters, polka dots, stripes, tie dye, etc.) instead! Your towel can be anything you want it to be. Get crafting and show off your towel at the beach or pool before your summer fun is over!

*We suggest adult supervision if working with children

DIY Summer Essentials

What You Need: 

  • beach towel
  • 1/2 cup bleach
  • 1/2 water
  • rubber gloves
  • card board
  • spray bottle
  • thick paper, card stock, or stencils

DIY Summer Essentials

Instructions: 

  1. Type out the quote you chose onto a document making sure letters are big enough so when you go to print there is only one letter per page. If you are using store bought stencils skip to Step 3.
  2. Cut down the letters into smaller rectangles so when you place them on the towel they are as close together as possible. Remove the inside lettering from the rectangle to create a stencil, but remember to keep inside pieces that have holes in the center i.e. (D, O, R).
  3. In a well ventilated area, set up your work surface by laying out a piece of cardboard to place the towel on. Set your stencils on the towel in the desired order. To avoid splattering outside of your stencils use extra pieces of cardboard to surround any open space that could be ruined if you want a more clean look to your towel. Also, tape any seams between each stencil to prevent bleeding in between letters (see in photo below). DIY Summer Essentials
  4. Mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup bleach into a squirt bottle. Put your rubber gloves on and begin to spray the letters evenly with the bleach mixture. BEFORE spraying make sure to twist the squirt bottle cap and test each spray until you reach a light mist. This is very important so you don’t over-saturate the towel with bleach causing your letters to bleed with one another. Stand 2-3 feet away as you spray to lightly cover the stencils. Spray no more than 15 times. From there use your judgement for how much more you should spray for your desired look. Depending on the towel some colors will change quickly, others like the one in the photo, will take a while to notice any change so be patient during this process. Once finished spraying, let the bleached towel sit for no more than 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes and with rubber gloves on, remove towel from work surface and rinse out the towel in a sink or tub with cold water. Wring out the towel and toss it into a washer with laundry detergent. Transfer to a dryer after it’s finished. While towel is in the wash dispose of the cardboard and stencils with gloves on.DIY Summer Essentails
  6. Once towel is dried, take it for a trip to the beach or hit the pool and show off your summer creation!

 

DIY Aloe Vera Cooling Cubes

DIY Summer Essentials

After a day full of fun in the sun your skin may be a little irritated with you. We all know the common remedy to curing sun burnt skin is aloe vera. But, before you go out and buy the store bought option create your own 100% natural aloe vera cooling cubes at home. They will relieve your skin and have it thanking you and singing “aloe you vera much”, after this extra special treatment. Chill out! Not only will this organic remedy take some heat off, it will also cool your skin to the touch since this DIY remedy requires freezing to help soothe and return your skin to its happy state.

DIY Summer Essentials DIY Summer Essentials DIY Summer Essentials

What You Need: 

  • dixie cups or ice cube tray
  • lavender essential oil
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp witch hazel extract
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel from Medical Aloe Plant

DIY Summer Essentials

Instructions:

  1. Melt your coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl for 10-15 seconds if solid. Remove from microwave, add 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, mix the two ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Remove a few stems from your aloe plant that will give you at least 1/4 cup of aloe gel. It is very important that you are using aloe from a Medical Aloe Plant as this is specifically used for topical usage. Skin the aloe gel from its outer shell until you have several clear gel strips. Dice the aloe and add to the bowl of coconut and avocado oil.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of witch hazel to the bowl and 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil.
  4. Whisk together all the ingredients until you reach your desired consistency.
  5. Pour mixture into dixie cups and freeze overnight.
  6. Remove from freezer and rip around the edges of the dixie cup until aloe pop is exposed. Slowly move across sun burnt shoulders, arms, and legs to soothe your skin. Pop any remaining aloe back in the freezer for next time.

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners

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Meditation is the practice of creating peace with oneself and occurs when the mind is calm and silent. This practice dates back to around 1500 B.C. There are a few different ways to approach meditation, but the most common form for beginners is through mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation is a simple way to ease into growing your practice and can help open up your mind to other styles of meditation later on. There are many physical and mental benefits that come from practicing meditation on a consistent basis.

Meditation can:

  • Help relieve stress
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve sleeping habits
  • Gain clarity and peace of mind
  • Increase energy levels

Before you begin any type of meditation you will need to find a quiet place away from any distractions. Make sure to put away and turn off any technology that may interrupt your practice. When choosing your meditation spot you should find a place where you can relax and one that you can visit on a consistent basis. The more frequently you meditate in a repeated location the more comfortable and at ease you will be to take your meditation to a deeper level. Feel free to use a cushion or blanket to sit on while you meditate or simply take a seat on the ground.

After you pick a location, take a seat with legs loosely crossed and sit upright. Palms rest facing down on the tops of your thighs and eyes will shut as you begin to concentrate on your breath moving in and out through your nose. Tuck your chin in a little to create added length to the back of your neck and relax your jaw.

Once settled, place one palm over your heart and one over your belly. Feel your heart beating into one palm as your belly fills and empties in the other. Keep your hands here and engage your pranayama, Sanskrit for breathing, to calm the mind and prepare it for meditation. The most common form of pranayama is 4-4-4-4 breathing. This means you will fill up your lungs as you count to 4, pause at the top for 4 seconds, exhale for 4, and hold at the bottom of your breath for 4 seconds. Keep breathing like this for 10 rounds.

Meditation For BeginnersRelease your hands back to your thighs, palms can face down again or palms can face up as you connect your index finger to your thumb creating your Jnana (juhnah-nuh) Mudra. This mudra will clear the mind and improve concentration. Find stillness in your thoughts, bringing awareness to your breath and its natural movement, rising and falling in your chest. Bring attention to your third eye, the spot between your eyebrows, as you silence your mind. This may be difficult to do at first, but remember it’s okay if thoughts come and go throughout your meditation. Allow yourself to gently acknowledge those thoughts and then release them, just like waves rolling in and out on a beach. Welcome any miscellaneous thoughts with a light heart and let them be taken back out to sea.

Meditation for Beginners
Let your body ground itself to the Earth below you as you continue to find stillness for 5 more minutes. It’s okay if your practice ends up short or past the remaining 5 minutes. Once you find yourself slowly starting to bring yourself back to the present, bring your hands to your heart’s center so that your palms face one another. Give yourself permission to slip away from what your day has in store and allow yourself to enjoy a brief moment of peace. Slowly blink your eyes awake as you complete your meditation. Note that this is your practice and there are no rights or wrongs. Your practice will continue to develop the more you meditate. Consistency is key to meditation rather than how long the duration of meditation lasts.

Meditation For Beginners
Namaste.

The Beauty of Chia Seeds

The Beauty of Chia Seeds

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Benefits of Chia Seeds for Hair and Skin

Did you think you could only reap the benefits of chia seeds by incorporating them into your snacks and meals? Well, who knew you could actually use chia seeds to create your own DIY spa day! We’ve got a handful of tips about how consuming chia can help your hair, skin and body experience the beauty benefits both inside and out!

Benefits of Chia Seeds for Hair

Our hair, just like chia, is full of protein, which is necessary to keep it strong and thick. Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse containing 20% more protein than soy beans, plus added Omega-3’s that are critical to help prevent hair loss.  Adding chia seeds, a complete protein, to your diet can help promote luscious locks.

DIY Chia Seed Hair Mask

Give your tresses an extra boost of pampering with this DIY hair mask. Chia seeds are the perfect ingredient to add to any hair mask treatment of your choice since they are able to swell up to 12x their normal size when placed in water. This allows the chia seeds to create a gel like consistency that will hydrate your hair. Get summer ready locks with this hair mask recipe. All that is required is 4 simple ingredients: apple cider vinegar for glossiness, coconut oil to condition, chia seeds for hydration, and honey to smooth.

Benefits of Chia Seeds for Hair and Skin

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Pop the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt the coconut oil so it can be mixed with all the other ingredients. Set aside to cool.
  3. Gently work a pinch of the hair mask through your ends after shampooing and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Rinse and enjoy your silky soft hair.
  4. Store leftovers in small glass container and use whenever you please.

Benefits of Chia Seeds for Skin

Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so it is important to take great care of maintaining healthy, supple skin. Soothe inflammation and calm acne blemishes with a chia face mask. The Omega-3 fatty acids in chia can help aid the healing process of irritated blemish wounds, as well as protect the outer layer of skin from bacteria.

DIY Chia Seed Face Mask

Exfoliate your pores with a refreshing 3 ingredient face mask and rejuvenate your face before you tackle the day. This mask will moisturize dry, sun-kissed skin with the power of chia seeds combined with coconut oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Benefits of Chia Seeds for Hair and Skin

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all 3 ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Apply mask to face, avoiding contact with eyes.  Let mask set for 5-10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to create a gel like consistency.
  3. Massage your face with a damp, warm washcloth moving in circular motions to exfoliate skin. Rinse off face with warm water and pat dry.

How to Use Chia Seeds

How to Use Chia Seeds

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How to Use Chia Seeds

Have you been wondering how to use chia seeds? Well, the opportunities are endless so we’ve put together some easy and creative ideas!

Chia seeds have been revered by the Maya and Aztec for their amazing energy and healing powers. One tablespoon of chia seeds was considered capable of sustaining a warrior for up to 24 hours. Today, chia is the force behind long distance runners, professional athletes, celebrity chefs and more!

Neutral in flavor, chia seeds can be added to virtually any recipe for a nutritional boost! Just one tablespoon of chia provides 2430mg Omega-3s, as well as 16% of your daily recommended value of fiber, protein and more! In a gram for gram comparison, chia has…

  • 8x more Omega-3s than salmon
  • 25% more fiber than flaxseed
  • 2x more potassium than bananas
  • 6x more calcium than milk

According to Janie Hoffman’s The Chia Cookbook, “Chia has unique characteristics that make it a dream ingredient. Just a few tablespoons of the seeds have the potential to transform the texture, lower the calorie count, and enhance the visual appeal of a recipe. Cook with chia and you’ll not only get the benefits of this nutritional power-house, you’ll also delight in sumptuous, flavorful, satisfying foods.”

Here are some simple and delicious (and fun!) ways to use chia seeds below. Enjoy!

How to Use Chia Seeds in Cooking

How to Use Chia Seeds

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According to The Chia Cookbook, “Chia may look like the other seeds in your spice rack, but it’s best to think about this member of the mint family (its botanical name is Salvia Hispanica) as a food rather than a garnish or flavoring. In fact, chia is a whole food, and its qualities are distinctly different from anything else in your cupboard.” Unlike flaxseeds, chia does not need to be ground in order to benefit from the nutrients. However, keep in mind that both whole and ground chia are nutritiously the same.

Chia as a flour substitute

Milled chia is a great substitute for all-purpose flour in a variety of recipes. Use milled chia to thicken soups, mix it with bread crumbs to coat chicken or fish, or use it as a flour replacement in baking! You can even mill your own chia at home with a coffee grinder!

Chia as an egg substitute

Chia eggs” are probably one of the best ways to use chia in cooking or baking! When chia is hydrated to the right consistency, it forms a gel that’s as thick and smooth as an egg. This makes it a perfect egg replacement in baking, an excellent binder in recipes like meatballs, or an egg “extender” for frittatas and omelets. To replace one large egg, combine one tablespoon of chia seeds with three tablespoons of room-temperature water. Whisk together and let sit until it forms into a gel.

Tip: think beyond water! Using juice, broth, almond, coconut or dairy milk to hydrate the chia will add more flavor to whatever dish you’re creating. Always be sure to use room-temperature gels! Cold liquids can make the gelling process take longer.

More ways to use chia gel

For smoothies, cocktails, and soups, use a thin chia gel by whisking together 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with 1 cup of room-temperature water. More ideas for that are below!

For condiments, dips, salad dressings, sauces, and egg dishes, use a thick chia gel by whisking together 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of room-temperature purified water.

How to Use Chia Seeds in Baking

How to Use Chia Seeds

Photo Credit: The Chia Cookbook

According to The Chia Cookbook, replace up to one-quarter of the flour called for in a recipe with milled chia. This will give your baked goods a healthy makeover, raising their fiber, protein and Omega-3s.

When using chia gel to replace an egg in baking, it will add water to your recipe, which can result in slightly moister baked goods. Try adding chia to your next loaf of banana bread! If you’re aiming for a drier texture, simply add a few minutes to the baking time to allow the excess liquid to evaporate.

How to Use Chia Seeds- Chia Pudding

How to Use Chia Seeds

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How to Use Chia Seeds

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Chia pudding might be one of the most traditional ways to use chia. It’s so easy to make, we can see why! A creamy chia pudding makes a wonderful breakfast that’s packed with Omega-3s and complete protein to keep you energized throughout the day. Similar to chia gel, combine 1/2 cup of chia seeds with 2 cups milk of choice. Add in your choice of sweetener, extracts or spices; whether it’s cinnamon, vanilla, honey, maple syrup, etc. the opportunities are endless! Whisk all ingredients together, let sit overnight in the refrigerator, and wake up to a beautiful breakfast the next day (makes 4 servings)! Top with fresh fruit or layer it with granola to make a beautiful parfait.

How to Use Chia Seeds

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It can also double as a healthy, fiber-packed dessert! Download our Ultimate Guide to Chia Pudding e-book for more recipe ideas and inspiration!

How to Use Chia Seeds in Drinks

How to Use Chia Seeds

Photo Credit: The Chia Cookbook


How to Use Chia Seeds

Photo Credit: The Chia Cookbook

Chia is a delightful way to add a nutritional boost to your shakes, smoothies or cocktails! Tip: be careful not to add dry chia seeds to your drinks, as it may cause further thickening. When chia seeds are fully hydrated, they won’t cause further thickening to the beverage to which you add them. For best results, use chia gel in smoothies, shakes and cocktails.

How to Use Chia Seeds as a Garnish

How to Use Chia Seeds

Photo Credit: The Chia Cookbook

Chia seeds are wonderful for garnishing any meal! Add a visually pleasing contrast by sprinkling chia seeds over curries and soups! Sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons on top of a salad to give it a nice crunch. Whisk chia into your yogurt or sprinkle it on your ice cream. Spread some on top of a bagel with cream cheese, or mix them into a stir-fry or pasta sauce. Mixing chia into condiments like ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salsa, guacamole, relish and vinaigrettes will make them go farther, increase their nutrients, and cut their fat and calorie content! Plus, by adding volume to condiments and dressings, chia can also help you consume less sugar, a common ingredient in prepared foods. The opportunities are truly endless!

How to Use Chia Seeds for Your Work Out

As mentioned above, chia seeds are a wonderful source of complete protein. A complete protein (or whole protein) is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of humans. To make the most of your workout, aim to eat a chia protein shake within an hour after your workout. This can help reduce inflammation as well as build and repair muscle tissue.

How to Use Chia Seeds

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Chia seeds are also an excellent way to stay hydrated! When chia seeds are placed in water, they can swell up to 12x their normal size.  This means that you’ll reap the benefits of that additional H2O when you eat them, thus helping you stay hydrated for a longer period of time.

Chia seeds are often used by runners to avoid leg cramping and reduce inflammation and joint pain!

How to Use Chia Seeds for Beauty 

How to Use Chia Seeds

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A diet rich in healthy fatty foods can help you achieve beautiful hair, skin and nails. In addition to eating chia seeds for their Omega-3 benefits, you can place them directly onto your hair and skin for added benefits! Incorporate them into your next face mask, like this Chia Green Tea Face Mask for an ultra hydrating and energizing lift to your skin!

How to Use Chia Seeds

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Or combine them with hydrating ingredients like aloe and honey to create this ultra luxe leave-in hair treatment.

Who knew such a tiny little seed could be utilized in so many magical ways! We hope you found this guide useful and would love to hear your thoughts! Do you have any tips and tricks on how to use chia seeds? Email us your ideas at info@mammachia.com! We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Spring Cleaning: DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

Spring Cleaning DIY: Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

April 14, 2016
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With spring in full swing, it’s time to rid our homes of dirt and debris (especially with allergy season upon us)! With a plethora of chemical-based cleaners occupying the shelves, we wanted put together these easy-to-use, non-toxic cleaners for you to make at home. After all, the home should be treated as a sacred space, not a space full of toxic chemicals! Non-toxic, biodegradable matter is so important for us to utilize in every aspect of our lives, from food to cleaning products.

Spring Cleaning: DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

What You’ll Need…

  • Pure baking soda
  • Pure-castile liquid soap (we love Dr. Bronner’s organic and fair trade soaps!)
  • 100% pure tea tree essential oil
  • Organic apple cider vinegar (we love Bragg’s!)
  • Spray bottle(s)

Spring Cleaning: DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

All-Purpose Cleaner

This cleaner will be your new best friend! With pure essential oils and organic soap, you will love the aroma this non-toxic cleaner will release in your home! Measure 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner Pure-Castile Soap (we love the lavender scent!) with 1 quart water in a spray bottle. Add 25 drops of pure tea tree essential oil. Adjust measurements as needed to fit your spray bottle.

Spring Cleaning: DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

Spring Cleaning: DIY Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

Laundry

Measure 1/3 – 1/2 cup pure-castile liquid soap for a large load + 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar to the rinse cycle. Use half the amount for high efficiency (HE) washers. Vinegar works magic on your clothes! It helps to remove musty odors and brighten colors! Tip: prevent bright colored clothes from staining other garments by soaking them in vinegar for 20 minutes before their first wash!

Mopping

Measure 1/2 cup pure-castile liquid soap with 3 gallons of hot water.

Windows

Measure 1 Tbsp. pure-castile liquid soap with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray down your windows and wipe with a cloth soaked in half water half vinegar mixture.

Toilet

Predilute pure-castile liquid soap 1:4 with water in a squirt bottle and add 25 drops of pure tea tree oil. Turn off the water on the side of the toilet and then flush to drain the water out of your toilet. Spray down the inside of the toilet bowl with the spray bottle contents and let sit for 10 minutes. Sprinkle baking soda on toilet cleaning brush and scrub toilet thoroughly. Turn the water on to fill the bowl with water, then flush.

5 Ways to Love Yourself

5 Ways to Love Yourself

April 14, 2016
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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we often lose focus of what’s most important in our lives – ourselves! This weekend, we encourage you to find the time to say, “I love ME!” with some indulgent self-love. Here’s 5 simple ways to create some well-deserved me time.

1. Make Your Own Bath Bomb and Use It

What better way to sit back and relax than from the comfort of your own bathtub?  Buy yourself some flowers, submerge, and soak in this bath bomb. DIY inspiration from A Pumpkin & A Princess.

 

2. Get a Mani/Pedi

Grab a friend and get out of the house or bring the nail party to your place! Either way, this simple nail design trick from The Beauty Department will be sure to keep those hands and feet in the festive spirit.

 

3. Take a Yoga Class

Clear your mind, ground yourself in the moment and, most importantly, sweat it out! Try a new yoga studio around your area or explore a new pose you’ve always been wanting to try. Your body will thank you for re-centering it back to balance.

 

4. Snuggle Up and Read a Book

Curl up in your favorite spot in the house, make a cup of tea, and light a candle. Be a bookworm for a day, giving yourself an hour or even an entire evening to invest yourself in the moment, without any distractions.

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5. Go For a Walk

Get outside for a breath of fresh air! Explore a new hiking trail or take your furry friend to the park. Spend time doing what feels good for you physically and mentally by checking back in with yourself while exploring what the beautiful outdoors has to offer.

Mamma Chia Athlete Spotlight: Adam Kimble

Mamma Chia Athlete Spotlight: Adam Kimble

April 14, 2016
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On February 15th, Mamma Chia sponsored athlete and “ultrarunner” Adam Kimble will attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing of America on foot (a record that has stood still for 36 years)!

Adam Kimble

The standing record was set by American Frank Giannino Jr., who ran from San Francisco to New York from September 1st to October 17th, 1980. Giannino’s journey lasted 46 days, 8 hours and 36 minutes. Adam hopes to complete the trek in 45 days or less. Wow!

His course begins in Huntington Beach, California, and will finish in New York City. Adam will run through a total of 16 states with an estimated distance of 3,030 miles.

Adam Kimble Route Across America

We are absolutely thrilled to be supporting him through this incredible endeavor. We hope that through our support, Adam will maintain the strength and stamina he needs to achieve his goal.

“Our journey across the country will require an immense amount of mental and physical endurance,” said Adam. “The magic of Mamma Chia’s organic foods and beverages will not only give me energy and strength for my body, but for my mind as well!”

 

Cold weather+ GWR training= the need for the highest quality fuel!

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Loaded with protein, fiber, Omega-3s and more, we hope that our products will serve as the fuel to power his soul’s purpose!

What is his purpose? He hopes to inspire people all over the world to pursue their passions, to push the limits of his mind and body, and finally, to raise awareness of impossible2Possible (i2P), a nonprofit dedicated to educating, inspiring, and empowering youth to reach beyond their perceived limit and achieve the “impossible.”

Interested in showing love and support for Adam? Make a donation to impossible2Possible or give him a follow on Instagram or Facebook!

Want to join Adam along the way? Link up with him via Gociety.

Organic is Non-GMO

Organic is Non-GMO

April 14, 2016
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We love our Mamma Chia community and enjoy the authentic connections and personal interactions we share. One of the questions we often get is whether Mamma Chia products are Non-GMO. Being Non-GMO is part of the USDA Certification process, so as all Mamma Chia products are USDA Organic, they are naturally Non-GMO too!

What does it mean to be Organic?

USDA Certified Organic products are produced without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, genetic engineering, sewage sludge (yes! that’s a conventional farming input), or irradiation. Yay! Who wants that?!

And, in order for Organic farms and processors to get certified they:

  • Do not use genetically modified ingredients
  • Preserve natural resources and biodiversity
  • Support animal health and welfare
  • Provide access to the outdoors so that animals can exercise their natural behaviors
  • Only use approved materials
  • Receive annual onsite inspections
  • Separate organic food from non-organic food

(Source: usda.gov)

What does it mean to be Non-GMO (Non-Genetically Modified)?

Foods that are Non-GMO are free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and are not created in a laboratory using genetic engineering techniques.

Is Non-GMO always Organic?

No, it’s not! Non-GMO is one of the many benefits you get when you buy organic, but just because a product is Non-GMO, does not mean it is also organic.

Mamma Chia is a passionate supporter of the labeling of genetically modified foods and believe everyone should have the opportunity to make informed choices about what goes into their bodies – because we love Mamma Earth and her people!

DIY Cold & Flu Aromatherapy

DIY Cold & Flu Aromatherapy

April 14, 2016
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With flu season in full swing, we all do our best to avoid those pesky sniffles and coughs.  We’re mindful to take good care of ourselves by washing our hands, working out and nourishing our bodies with chia (of course!), but sometimes it’s just not enough and we get run down.  So when those winter colds get the best of you, we have just the thing to put you on the path to feeling better; a simple DIY home remedy!

DIY Cold & Flu Aromatherapy | Mamma Chia Blog

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups of purified water
  • 5 organic lemon slices
  • 1 Tbsp. of organic dried rosemary
  • 7-8 organic whole cloves
  • 4-5 drops organic essential oil blend of your choice (our blend contained: lemongrass, coriander, clove, oregano, thyme, and red mandarin)

Directions:

  1. In a large pot combine water, lemon, rosemary and cloves and heat to a simmer on your stove top.
  2. Once it is heated to a steam, turn off the stove and add essential oil.
  3. Deeply inhale the aromas from the combined ingredients until satisfied.

5 Books to Make Your 2016 Magical

5 Books to Make Your 2016 Magical

April 14, 2016
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5 Books to Make Your 2016 Magical

  1. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

With over 2 million copies sold, it’s no surprise that this self-help guide is on the top of our list! This book is an ultimate favorite amongst the Mamma Chia team. Tolle guides you through a magical and inspiring spiritual journey to find your true and deepest self. In this book, you will learn to conquer your biggest enemy, the mind, and how to awaken your soul to fully live in the present. Tolle will guide you on how to connect with the indestructible essence of your Being, “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.” How Magical does that sound?

  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

Is your New Year’s resolution to de-clutter your home? If so, this is the book for you! This #1 New York Times best-selling guide will show you how to simplify and organize your home once and for all. Kono, a Japanese cleaning consultant, will take you step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for organizing and storing. She asks you to determine which items in your home “spark joy” (and which items do not), yielding long-lasting results. Once you complete Kono’s guide, you’ll never have to worry about de-cluttering again. We promise 🙂

  1. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Another #1 New York Times best-seller! In this self-help book, Gilbert offers profound insight into the mysterious world of creativity, with the core message that creativity is inside all of us. You will learn how to tackle what you love most, and how to face down your biggest fears in the effort to let go of “needless suffering.” Big Magic will help you find the time in your life to do something you really enjoy, all while filling your life with wonder and unpredicted joys. Now, that’s some Big Magic!

  1. The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective by Andy Andrews

In this book, a mysterious man named Jones has the gift of noticing things that others miss, communicating what he calls “a little perspective.” Jones has the gift of showing up at just the right time in people’s lives, giving them a little perspective on the things they might have missed. “Your time on this earth is a gift to be used wisely,” he says. Jones speaks to the desire in everyone to understand why things happen and what we can do about it. This unique narrative blend of fiction, allegory and inspiration will show you how being a “noticer” might change your life forever.

  1. The Body Book by Cameron Diaz with Sandra Bark

Our list wouldn’t be complete without another #1 New York Times bestseller! Throughout her career, Cameron Diaz has been a role model for millions of women. With a passion to educate and motivate, Diaz shares her formula for becoming happier, healthier and stronger. Grounded in science and inspired by personal experience, The Body Book offers a comprehensive overview of the human body and mind, from the cellular level up. If you’re looking for a holistic, long-term approach to living a long, strong, happy and healthy life, we highly recommend this book for you!

5 Books to Make your 2016 Magical

Remember, this is YOUR year. Make it a magical one!

Chia Seed Facts – INFOGRAPHIC

Chia Seed Facts - INFOGRAPHIC

April 14, 2016
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We put together some of our favorite chia seed facts for you to enjoy!

Chia Facts Infographic | Mamma Chia

Looking for some more chia seed information? Look no further than our Chia Seed Facts Infographic:

  • Chia seeds are from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family.
  • The Aztecs and Maya were big fans of chia, and consumed it as early as 3,000 BC for healing powers and strength.
  • Chia is a superfood! It is neutral in flavor and can be added to virtually any recipe. Plus, it doesn’t need to be ground to benefit from the nutrients.
  • Chia is one of the most nutrient rich foods in the world! Here’s some interesting chia seeds nutrition facts:
    • In a gram for gram comparison, chia has…
      • 8x more Omega-3s than salmon
      • 25% more fiber than flax seed
      • 30% more antioxidants than blueberries
      • 2x more potassium than bananas
      • 6x more calcium than milk
  • Mexico and Guatelmala were the birth place of chia. Today, chia is grown in several other countries including Argentina, Ecuador and Paraguay, to name a few.
  • Chia can even be used as a face mask! That’s right! Chia isn’t just good for you on the inside, but can be used as a skin-hydrating treatment too!
    • Combine 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. chia seeds.

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